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Canada | 2010 | 22 mins

Are beauty pageants on the radar of today’s young women? TIARA discovers that they certainly are in Asian communities in Canada, and particularly Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. TIARA explores the connection between the desires of young women from the Chinese, Filipino, and South Asian communities for validation of their appearance in the midst of popular media’s narrow representation of beauty. As the film examines the role these pageants play within the Asian-Canadian communities, a former contestant raises concerns.

On Tiara, which took six years to complete, Monica served as producer, director, cameraperson, offline editor and narrator.

North American Premiere: Multicultural Film Festival, explorASIAN 2012. Fraser River Discovery Centre, New Westminster, BC. Curated by the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS). May 19, 2012.

This film was made possible with the Financial Assistance of The Canada Council for the Arts.

TIARA is distributed by Moving Images Distribution. For a classroom discussion guide, please visit their site.

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